All Images Courtesy of 24D Studio
Among the projects on display at the 2011 Kobe Biennale, a celebration of art and the history of the Japanese city, will be Crater Lake. Perhaps best described as a pavilion, the circular installation is inspired by an unlikely event - a massive earthquake that hit Kobe in 1995 and killed more than 6,000 people.
The work of design studio 24D, Crater Lake is made of untreated cedar wood that rises and falls, a landscape in miniature. The project description explains that after the devastating earthquake, Kobe's residents relied on one another to rebuild, and so strengthened their connections to one another.
Situated in the middle of Kobe, the installation provides a view of the city as well as of the nearby oceans and mountains. Sitting on one of the built-in stools or lounging on its sloping walls, visitors can reflect on how they relate to their neighbors as well as the nature that surrounds them.
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